healthy smile after retirement

Keeping your Smile Healthy in Retirement

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If you are getting ready to retire, you probably have a list of all the things you want to see and do. However, you also need to be healthy enough to accomplish all of those goals. Good oral health is a cornerstone of good overall health—remember, the mouth is the gateway to the body. Your local Nashville dentist at Devine Dentistry can make sure your smile is strong and healthy enough to carry you through your golden years. Watch for these problems to help keep your teeth healthy in retirement.

Bruxism

Also known as teeth grinding or teeth clenching, this behavior affects approximately 8 percent of adults in America according to one research study. For many individuals, bruxism literally destroys teeth, wearing them down to nubs. The most common cause of bruxism is stress, but people can begin grinding their teeth as a consequence of temporomandibular joint disorder or a misaligned bite.

Tooth Decay

One of the most widespread chronic diseases in America, tooth decay—or caries—affects as many as 59 percent of adults over the age of 50, and 90 percent of adults in the United States will experience some form of tooth decay in their lifetime. New cavities tend to develop near existing dental work, as it begins to deteriorate. Even in your golden years, you should maintain the regimen of oral hygiene recommended by the American Dental Association: Brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist twice each year for a check-up.

Gum Disease

Another chronic disease that runs rampant in America, some form of gum disease affects approximately 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35. As you age, your vulnerability to gingivitis—the initial stage of gum disease—increases. Your risk factor can be elevated by other factors such as heredity, stress, bruxism, hormonal changes, tobacco use, diabetes, diet, and obesity. Remember that when a case of gum stage advances to periodontitis, your teeth and mouth have sustained permanent damage. Your local Nashville dentist can treat moderate to severe cases of gum disease through laser therapy, repetitive therapy, or the use of a prescription antibiotic called Arestin. If you do have gum disease, it is a serious problem that must be treated by a medical professional. Otherwise, you are susceptible to tooth loss, and your risk factor for heart disease and diabetes also increases.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer kills about 8,000 Americans per year—and rates of this cancer begin to increase after the age of 50, peaking when a person is between the ages of 60 and 70. Minimize your risk of oral cancer by moderating your consumption of alcohol and, if you use tobacco in any form, please stop. Your local Nashville dentist at Devine Dentistry can perform an oral cancer screening during any check-up. Early detection of oral cancer can save your life!

Dry Mouth

Saliva is a natural cleansing agent in your mouth but, as you age, your saliva production diminishes. Dry mouth also is a fairly common side effect of many prescription medications, and it can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you find yourself experiencing dry mouth, schedule an appointment with your dentist, who can suggest ways to help.

Family Dentist in Nashville

Devine Dentistry wants to make sure that you can enjoy as high a level of oral health as possible through your retirement years. To find out more about our services, give us a call at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide oral care for patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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